one-armed bandit

noun

variants or less commonly one-arm bandit

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The other people in Mr. Zafra’s neighborhood bar, a place with one-armed bandit slot machines and a heavily tattooed bartender, thought that breaking away from Spain would lead to economic collapse. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of one-armed bandit was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“One-armed bandit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-armed%20bandit. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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